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Ethiopia: Orphans get Eid gifts from Turkish charity

Turkiye Diyanet Foundation conducting charity drives in Ethiopia during Ramadan for past decade, says official

Seleshi Tessema   | 17.04.2021
Ethiopia: Orphans get Eid gifts from Turkish charity

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia 

A Turkish charity donated new clothes and shoes to 500 orphaned children in Ethiopia on Saturday.

The distribution was organized by the Turkiye Diyanet Foundation (TDV) in the capital Addis Ababa.

Cemil Alici, a religious services adviser at the Turkish Embassy, told Anadolu Agency that TDV has been conducting charity drives in Ethiopia during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan for the last 10 years.

“As in the past, this year’s Ramadan gifts from Turkey will help these children enjoy their Eid with brand-new footwear and clothes,” he said, adding that Turkey will continue to assist Ethiopians in need.

“We plan to expand our aid efforts to building schools, clinics, and drinking water facilities all across Ethiopia over the coming years.”

Hala Abrar, 10, was visibly delighted with the gifts.

“Now I feel I have someone who can do what my family used to do for me. I am happy and thankful,” she told Anadolu Agency.

Nurit Ahmedin, 8, said: “I will remember these gifts throughout my life.”

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